Training & Events

Council is delighted to deliver a range of events, workshops and expert talks to support and help our important, valued and respected business community. These events are designed to provide the most up-to-date information and education on topics that are relevant to owning and/or operating a business in today's fast paced environment.

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TAFE NSW JobTrainer Short Courses

JobTrainer provides job seekers with low cost and fee-free* courses to help you develop new skills. TAFE NSW fee-free (Eligibility criteria apply) JobTrainer short courses (Statement of Attainment – SOA) are currently open for enrolment, as well as exciting new courses being added all the time, you can enrol now and upskill faster. 

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Webinars by the Australian Tax Office (ATO)

ATO are running free webinars - 12 public sessions every day, focusing on topics that are essential to businesses struggling due to COVID-19. Topics include but are not limited to introduction to tax basics, tax Support for Small Business (covers the stimulus measures), myGovID and RAM (needed to access ATO online services), home-based business, activity statement essentials, budgeting for your commitments, cash flow for small business success. 

For online workshops, visit the Australian Tax Office website.

NSW Business Connect Program Webinars & Workshops

Delivered through Realise Business, the informational webinars listed below will help you work out what steps to take next for your small business while social distancing measures are in place. For online workshops, visit Business Connect.  


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Business Case Studies

Council is seeking interest from local businesses to develop a series of case studies with a focus on three main streams; businesses based in Macquarie Park, businesses with a focus on innovation and MSMEs which are adept at problem solving and driving solutions for improved growth. To get involved, click on the button below.

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Macquarie Park Founders' Program

The Macquarie Park Founders’ Program is a 7-week guided program. This program will equip you with essential entrepreneurial skills to launch a globally scalable business.

You’ll also become part of a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs and be given the opportunity to link into the local startup community, providing you with the connections to help you on your entrepreneurial journey. This program is delivered 100% online will connect you with the Macquarie University Incubator where you can have the opportunity to submit an application for residency in January or February 2022.

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Business Mentoring Program

Is your business in an accelerated growth phase?  Are you feeling overwhelmed with the challenges and the opportunities that you have? The City of Ryde is here to support you and your business by funding a number of scholarship positions to participate in the MAP Institute business mentoring Scholarship Program. The MAP Institute Scholarship Program brings the benefits and power of boardroom diversity to your growing business to enhance certainty, generate consistency and inspire innovation.

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Business Opportunity Accelerator Program

In association with Macquarie University, we’re running the Business Opportunity Accelerator (BOA) program for businesses in the City of Ryde. 

Successful applicants to the program will be provided with a small student team from Macquarie University who will research post COVID-19 growth opportunities for your organisation and produce a tailored report with their findings and recommendations.

Spaces for the pilot program are limited, but a waiting list will be assembled and applicants contacted for any future run of the program.

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Other Events

Switching on Clean Energy

Please note that this event has been postponed. Further details about the postponed date will be announced when available.

This exclusive event will bring together top-level management members involved in the decision-making processes for established businesses in Macquarie Park and North Ryde to discuss opportunities and best investments for your business to take the lead and make the switch to renewable energy.

Community of Practice - Women in Business Meeting

Community of Practice Meetings will continue to be held as virtual meetings for the remainder of 2020. For more information, please contact the City of Ryde Economic Development Coordinator on 9952 8222.

Community of Practice - Women in Business